Navigation Links
As Budget Stalemate Wears On - Voters Can Set Their Own Priorities
Date:7/29/2008

Next 10 Launches Updated 'California Budget Challenge'

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As the budget stalemate wears on, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Next 10 has just released a newly updated version of the California Budget Challenge so that voters can try their hand at dealing with the tradeoffs required in striking a budget deal. The newly re-released 2008 Budget Challenge, an online interactive educational game, contains updated projections of budget deficits as well as updated policy choices in the areas of education, health care, and the environment.

"Right now, Democratic leaders are calling for tax increases to close the budget gap, while the Republicans are calling for spending cuts. We want voters to understand the costs and benefits associated with taking either route or some type of compromise," said F. Noel Perry, the founder of Next 10.

The Budget Challenge permits users to examine the State's most pressing budget policy choices. It asks users to set priorities for the next five years by building a budget that reflects their values and vision for California's future. Users who log onto the updated Challenge will find 15 policy questions (8 spending questions and 7 revenue questions) they must answer in order to build a complete budget. A few of the new policy options include (but are not limited to):

-- A proposal to increase income taxes for upper-middle and upper income

earners by $5.1 billion.

-- A proposal to cut healthcare spending by tightening eligibility for

state-run health services, cutting $1.3 billion from the budget.

-- A proposal to release non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders

without prior serious or violent offenses 20 months early cutting

$700 million from the budget by 2012-2013.

-- A $200 million dollar spending proposal would fund university-level

research of renewable energy technologies. An alternative $500 million

dollar proposal would fund energy efficiency measures.

The interactive features of the online Budget Challenge ensure that users not only educate themselves but also engage in the budget process. The game gives users the option to email state leaders feedback about the policies they believe are important to the state's future.

"We would like to see Californians engaged in the budget. They should influence the process because these policies have a profound impact on our everyday lives. Decisions being made in Sacramento determine everything from who gets healthcare, to who is able to go to college, and how much we pay in taxes," said Perry.

In order to get Californians involved in the budget process through the online 2008 Budget Challenge, Next 10 is now distributing newly updated educational budget brochures to libraries, schools, colleges, and nonpartisan civic organizations across the state. Since its launch in 2005, more than 50,000 Californians have taken the Challenge at http://www.Next10.org.

About Next 10: Next 10 is an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages, and empowers Californians to improve the state's future. Recognizing the complexity of issues confronting California today, Next 10 is focused on improving the state over the next ten years, and the ten years after that. Next 10 was founded by F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist and philanthropist concerned about California today and the California our children will inherit. http://www.Next10.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Next 10
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Statement by Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the New Congressional SCHIP Agreement
2. CPF Urges Congress to Increase Funding for IPF Research in 2009 Federal Budget
3. Mismanagement at North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Results in Chronic Staff Shortages, Budget Issues
4. AARP CEO Bill Novelli Tells Lawmakers: Controlling Health Care Costs Key to Budget Reform
5. VA Budget Earns High Praise
6. AARP Urges Governor to Use Budget to Improve New Yorkers Quality of Life
7. Reserve 2008 Budget for Using Quality to Improve the Customer Experience
8. Congressional Budget Includes Earmark to Keep Washingtons Sexual Assault DNA Program Moving Forward
9. Congressional Budget Office Analysis of HR971 Rejects Pharmacy Benefit Managers Bogus Claim Bill Would Cost $29 Billion Over 5 Years
10. The Childrens Aid Society Endorses Critical Components of Governor Spitzers Proposed 2008-2009 State Budget
11. In Unfolding Budget Debate, Alliance to Spotlight Flawed MedPAC Policy Guidance, Failure to Evaluate Medicaid Margins in Recommending Medicare Funding Levels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 11, 2016 , ... Student-doctors from Western University of Health ... Tuesday, February 9, taking one of the final steps in their medical school ... across the country. Of the 103 student-doctors who comprise the College of Osteopathic ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... Image ... business to a new market, and it’s the buildings of Nashville that will benefit. ... when I needed to relocate to Nashville, there was no question that I would ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... and women’s health, is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Kelly to ... team, Steve Catone to executive vice president of North American capital sales, and ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Australia (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... potential ?" motivational speaker, trainer and author Ray Clarke poses a question as ... personal fulfillment . In his book, "Being in the Being" (published by Partridge ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Island, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 ... ... has enhanced and updated its hallmark resource, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, to ... leader in vein illumination with an estimated 85% share of the market, facilitates ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... ANKENY, Iowa , 11 de fevereiro de ... a inauguração de sua fábrica de soroalbumina bovina ... Nova Zelândia. A fábrica fica na Ilha Norte ... Loop "), desenvolvido e estabelecido na fábrica da ... Iowa . O projeto e instalação dos ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016 Breast Cancer Therapeutics in Asia-Pacific ... Asia-Pacific (APAC) breast cancer market will experience considerable ... 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.5%. ... 2021 - states that the Asia-Pacific ... $1.9 billion in 2014 to $3.4 billion by 2021, at ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , February 11, 2016 Jeffrey ... Worldwide Clinical Trials, will present at this year,s Summit for ... Hyatt Regency in Miami, FL. Zucker ... to optimize study execution, supporting SCOPE,s "Improving Site Study Activation ... place on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11:05 a.m. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: